Ade in Bri­tain

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 7.30pm, BBC Knowl­edge You may re­mem­ber Adrian Ed­mond­son as the hor­ri­bly vi­o­lent yet hi­lar­i­ous punk Vyvyan from The Young Ones, which aired in the early 1980s. Lets just say age has mel­lowed him since then. In this se­ries, the af­fa­ble co­me­dian, ac­tor, writer, mu­si­cian, tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter and di­rec­tor is on a jour­ney to re­dis­cover the things that make Bri­tain unique. For heaven’s sake, how unique does one coun­try have to prove it­self to be? Ed­mond­son is a great pre­sen­ter but I’m not sure how in­ter­est­ing Aussies will find his very Bri­tish ad­ven­tures in this se­ries. Tonight our man gets stuck in mud, tracks down Bri­tish tra­di­tions in dan­ger of dy­ing out (what is that cob­bler’s wheel all about?) and, from the kitchen in his car­a­van, tries to do jus­tice to some of North Wales’s finest in­gre­di­ents. Yet while the pas­sions of yes­ter­year tend to the hum­drum, as travel porn, this works bril­liantly. Ed­mond­son sets off tonight tow­ing an old­fash­ioned teardrop car­a­van be­hind an ul­tra­mod­ern new Mini. North Wales looks ab­so­lutely splen­did, es­pe­cially in stun­ning ae­rial footage. The mu­sic is all Celtic folk. I thought Mas­sive At­tack’s Teardrop would have been per­fect.

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